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According to Jan Azud, Partner at Ruzicka Csekes s.r.o. in association with members of CMS, the new Slovakian government still hasn’t completely settled in following the March 2016 elections, and with summer and the EU Presidency here, Azud says, “everything has stalled a bit.”

White & Case has advised an investment vehicle advised by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) on its EUR 79 million acquisition of a 132,000 square meter portfolio of four logistics and light industrial assets in the Czech Republic and Slovakia from joint sellers HB Reavis Group and HB Reavis CE REIF fund, each of which held two assets.

Three new codes of procedures will become effective in Slovakia on July 1, 2016, all of them having been passed by Parliament as early as May 21, 2015. In terms of importance and scope, the adoption of these new codes represents the largest law reform since Slovak independence.

Libor Licka holds the dual role of Regional Legal Counsel for ASE and Regional Compliance Officer for Europe East, Baltics & Scandinavia at Schindler, where he is currently responsible for the legal matters of the company in 13 jurisdictions. Slovak in origin, Licka has recently moved back to Bratislava from Schindler’s Vienna headquarters, where he had been based. He talked to CEE Legal Matters about the move and its implications for his role.

This past year has exposed our practice to a number of new challenges. To some extent, this somehow mirrored the relatively more pronounced dynamics of the Slovak economy. Ours is a law office that, owing to its size and experience, has the ability to specialize in individual areas of law, and the preceding year was characterized by a higher number of industry-specific cases compared to the past. In particular, this involved attractive project applications, restructuring and financing cases, and corporate transactions, as well as immovable property and dispute cases.

“The guys in the Central European group were a really collegial group and we really enjoyed what we did and truly felt we were making a difference, and we had good clients, and the results were really gratifying. So it was a very good, unique core group of people who were fully committed to Central and Eastern Europe at a historic time.” – Obie Moore

Women’s Day is behind us, but the subjects of gender equality and equal opportunity are of year-round concern. This, the first part of a special two-part CEE Legal Matters article on women in private practice in CEE, provides the numbers and percentages from leading law firms across CEE, as well as a more thorough snapshot of one representative market. Part II of the report, in the June issue, will pull back the curtain even more, providing feedback and perspectives from lawyers across the region.

The Cathay Associates network of law offices, which was launched by the Chinese boutique Kejie Law Office in September 20015, reports 9 CEE members. The network was initiated to offer global coverage, with a special focus on China and cross-border matters.

On November 2, 2015, Lithuania's SKV Law law firm has become a member of the CEE Attorneys network of law firms already operating in the Czech Republic, Poland, and the Slovak Republic.

It would be almost impossible to write this editorial without mentioning the hottest economic topic in Slovakia at the moment: Land Rover’s intention to open a production plant in Slovakia, which some are calling the investment of the decade in the country.

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